The United States and Ukraine are seeking to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation to enhance resilience against national cyber threats. This was the topic of discussion at the first U.S.-Ukraine bilateral cybersecurity dialogue in Kyiv held on Sept 29th, according to the recent joint statement released by the U.S. Department of State.
- Representatives and stakeholders discussed the importance of current U.S.-Ukrainian cyber cooperation and increased engagement between governmental institutions and private sectors to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats.
- Both countries voiced concerns about sophisticated cyber activities potentially undermining peace, prosperity, and stability of the international community.
The attendees further discussed strategies to protect critical infrastructure and military systems, as well as their views on cyber confidence building efforts at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch noted at the dialogue that the U.S. would provide over $5 million in new cyber support to fortify Ukraine’s capabilities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to malicious attacks.
“Acknowledging that cyber threats are among the most significant challenges to global and national security, the United States and Ukraine support the development of a framework of responsible state behavior that includes affirmation of the applicability of international law to state conduct in cyberspace, adherence to additional voluntary, non-binding norms of state behavior that apply in peacetime, and the development and implementation of practical confidence-building measures to reduce the risk of misperception and conflict,” the joint statement continued.
The U.S. delegation leadership included:
- Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for International Cybersecurity Policy Joshua Steinman
- Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy Robert Strayer
- Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department of State Michele Markoff
- Representatives from the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense Justice, Energy, and Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Ukrainian delegation leadership included:
- Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko
- Representatives from the National Bank of Ukraine, Ministry of Defense, National Security and Defense Council
- State Security Services of Ukraine
- State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs